At Terra Outdoor Living, we understand that your outdoor space is an extension of your home, and investing in quality outdoor furniture enhances your outdoor living experience. One crucial aspect of maintaining the beauty and longevity of your outdoor furniture is proper care for your outdoor cushions.

In this guide, we’ll explore essential tips and tricks to keep your outdoor cushions clean, looking fresh and inviting. 

1. Choose the Right Cushion Fabrics

Not all outdoor cushion fabrics are created equal when it comes to cleaning and durability. Opt for high-quality fabrics that are resistant to stains and fading.

Fabrics like solution-dyed acrylic are an excellent choice, as they can be not only stylish but also easy to clean and less prone to discoloration over time.

At Terra Outdoor, we select our fabrics carefully. Every cushion is made from fully solution-dyed fabrics, so you can enjoy them for years of fun in the sun.

What's the difference? Image showing comparison of solution dyed acrylics to regular fabrics

2. Rainy Season Precautions: Store or Cover Your Cushions

California’s climate can be unpredictable, and it’s essential to protect your outdoor cushions during the rainy season. Consider storing your cushions indoors or using protective covers to shield them from rain and moisture.

This simple step can significantly extend the life of your cushions and maintain their vibrant colors. The Premium furniture covers carried by Terra Outdoor use advanced material technologies to keep dirt and moisture out, but still allow air to circulate.

Premium Cover Technology - image showing how Terra Outdoor Premium Covers use advanced material technology to protect outdoor furniture

3. Spot-Clean Outdoor Cushions Wisely: Avoid Removing Liners

Many outdoor cushions are vacuum-filled and feature liners to maintain their shape. Avoid the temptation to remove and wash the entire cushion cover. Spot-clean stains using a mild soap or a fabric cleaner, and gently blot the area. Removing liners can lead to uneven filling, causing cushions to become lumpy and uncomfortable. You can read more about this on our Care & Maintenance page.

4. Say Goodbye to Stains: A Stain-Removal Guide

Accidents happen, and stains are inevitable. Here’s a quick guide on how to tackle different types of stains:

cleaning a wine stain on a sofa cushion
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  • Grass Stains: Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Gently scrub the stain with a soft brush or cloth.
  • Grease Stains: Sprinkle baking soda on the stain, let it sit for a few hours, and then brush away. For stubborn stains, use a mixture of dish soap and warm water.
  • Wine Stains: Blot the stain with a clean cloth to absorb as much wine as possible. Mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap, and gently blot the stain until it disappears.

5. Mold and Mildew Prevention

Proper ventilation is key to preventing the growth of mold and mildew on outdoor cushions.

Even though a good furniture cover will be designed to allow ventilation, it is still best to uncover your cushions as soon as you have a dry day.

Always allow your covers to dry completely before covering again.

6. Regular Maintenance Routine

calendar reminder to clean outdoor cushions

Establish a regular cleaning routine for your outdoor cushions to prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris.

Follow a simple checklist for routine tasks, such as brushing off loose dirt, shaking cushions, and wiping down surfaces.

This doesn’t have to be exhaustive, but by putting some effort into caring for your cushions regularly you can extend their life significantly.

7. Seasonal Deep Cleaning

Schedule a deep cleaning at the beginning and end of the outdoor season to keep cushions in top condition. Follow these steps to transform the look of your outdoor cushions:

how to deep clean outdoor cushions

  • Remove Cushions: Take the cushions off the furniture and place them on a clean, flat surface.
  • Brush Off Loose Debris: Use a soft-bristle brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove loose dirt, leaves, and other debris from the cushions.
  • Pre-Treat Stains (if necessary): Identify any specific stains on the cushions and pre-treat them using an appropriate stain remover. Follow the product instructions for the best results.
  • Prepare Cleaning Solution: In a bucket, mix a solution of mild detergent or outdoor fabric cleaner with water. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the proper dilution.
  • Test in a Small Area: Before applying the cleaning solution to the entire cushion, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t cause discoloration or damage.
  • Scrub with Cleaning Solution: Dip a soft brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the cushions. Pay extra attention to areas with stains or heavily soiled spots.
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Use a hose to rinse the cushions thoroughly. Ensure all cleaning solution and soap residues are completely washed away.
  • Remove Excess Water: Gently press the cushions to remove excess water. Avoid wringing or twisting, as this can damage the fabric and affect the filling.
  • Air Dry Completely: Place the cushions in a well-ventilated area to air dry completely. Do not put in drying machine.
  • Fluff and Restore Shape: Once the cushions are completely dry, fluff and restore their shape by gently patting and shaking them.

8. Optional Fabric Protector

Consider applying a fabric protector or waterproofing spray after cleaning to enhance the cushions’ resistance to stains and moisture. A fabric protecting treatment forms an invisible barrier when applied, helping to keep dirt and moisture off the surface of the fabric.

Check manufacturer’s direction on how to apply and how often to do so.

By following these tips, you’ll ensure that your outdoor cushions stay fresh, comfortable, and ready for you and your guests to enjoy. At Terra Outdoor Living, we believe that proper care is the key to making your outdoor furniture investment last a lifetime. Embrace the beauty of outdoor living, and let your outdoor cushions be a testament to your commitment to quality and style.